Provides that the Muslim holidays of Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha shall be school holidays in the city school district of the city of New York.
BILL NUMBER: S5837A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the education law, in relation to requiring that the Muslim holidays of Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha be school holidays in the city school district of the city of New York
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL : To designate as school holidays in the New York City School District the first days of the Muslim holidays of Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha, to allow Muslim students, teachers and staff to celebrate these important holidays.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Bill § 1 adds a new §2590-v to the Education Law, providing that those schools operated under the aegis of the New York City School District will be closed on the first days of Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha, beginning on the dates set forth in the New York City parking calendar.
No current state law provides for recognition of these important religious holidays.
JUSTIFICATION : Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha are two of the most important in the Muslim calendar. Eid Ul-Fitr marks the end of the month long fast of Ramadan. It is celebrated with communal prayers and other social activities. The prayers mark the beginning of the Eid Ul-Fitr along with social visits seeking to strengthen the bonds of the community. The holiday extends for three days, the most important of which is the first day.
Eid Ul-Adha marks the culmination of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. It serves to remind Muslims of the continuity of their faith throughout history and connects them with the Great Prophet Abraham. The holiday lasts four days, the most important being the first day.
At this time Muslims constitute approximately 10% of the student body in the New York City School District. No provision is made for any of their high holy days.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : Formerly sponsored by Assemblyman Diaz. A.6589/S.3142 (2007-08) referred to Assembly & Senate Education Committees. A.1920 (2009)
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5837--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 11, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules -- recom- mitted to the Committee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to requiring that the Muslim holidays of Eid Ul-Fitr and Eid Ul-Adha be school holidays in the city school district of the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 2590-v to read as follows: S 2590-V. EID UL-FITR AND EID UL-ADHA TO BE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. NOTWITH- STANDING ANY OTHER LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, THE FIRST DAY OF THE MUSLIM HOLIDAYS OF EID UL-FITR AND EID UL-ADHA SHALL BE DESIGNATED AS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. THE DATES OF SUCH HOLIDAYS SHALL CORRESPOND TO THE DATES OF SUCH HOLIDAYS AS SET OUT ON THE PARKING CALENDAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04679-02-0